Floyd Contra Dance to feature Floorplay on Saturday, May 12
On Saturday, May 12, the Floyd Contra Dance at the Sun Music Hall, Winter Sun, 302 S. Locust St., will feature caller Dean Snipes and the eclectic Charlottesville band Floorplay, with Rya Martin on piano, Paul Rosen on mandolin, fiddle, accordion, and Aaron Lamb on percussion.
It’s easy relaxed fun – especially when one can swing and glide across the grand wooden floor of a former sewing factory, now part of Dogtown Roadhouse. Contra dancing is just plain fun and can also provide fine aerobic energy.
Floorplay has an energized, musically aware sound that can fill an entire hall. The band’s good instincts result in a wide repertoire of styles that flow freely between traditional contra dance tunes, French Canadian, Middle Eastern, rags, old-time, Klezmer, and swing dance rhythms.
The caller, Dean Snipes, has been calling contra dances for 20 years all over the Southeast. He is known for his easygoing ability to teach dance steps and contra moves with ease.
The dance starts at 8 p.m. with a beginner lesson at 7:35. Come as you are, wear soft flexible shoes for dancing, and the caller will teach each dance. Come to dance or come to listen – no partner needed. Blue Ridge Country Dancers’ contra dances are held in Floyd on the second Saturday of each month, September through June. Dance admission is $8. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5. For more information, visit www.floydcontradance.org.
– Submitted by Blue Ridge Country Dancers
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